|Call of Duty: Finest Hour|
|Released||NA November 16, 2004|
EU December 3, 2004
JP October 27, 2005
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox|
Call of Duty: Finest Hour is a historic first-person shooter that takes place during World War II. Call of Duty: Finest Hour was released on November 16, 2004 from Activision and Spark Unlimited for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and the Xbox.
Soviet CampaignEditCall of Duty: Finest Hour starts out in Russia in the Red Army as Aleksandr Sokolov who is sent to the city of Stalingrad and soon meets a hard willed sniper named Tanya Pavelovna. Aleksandr becomes Tanya's spotter and the two hold up a German advance. Soon the player becomes Tanya and helps defend a small Russian factory which harbors a lone T-34 tank after the player comes out of fighting through a sewer containing German soldiers.
Soon after the defense of the factory, a tank crew led by Nikolai Badanov comes to the rescue just as a German Panzer heads towards the factory. After the tank crew arrives, Tanya and Aleksandr escape and the player next assumes Nikolai. After driving through the ruins of Stalingrad, Nikolai stops at a Soviet base of operation where he gets ordered to deliver a radio to forward observers for the artillery because their radio had been damaged, and the Commissar wasn't receiving co-ordinates of the German tank column to be destroyed with Katushya rocket
After fighting through the war torn streets Nikolai arrives at the train station where the objective is. The tank crew must climb out and fight through the station to deliver the radio. Soon after Nikolai and his crew are involved in the Soviet assault on a German airfield which was code-named Operation Little Saturn. After fighting through the heavy defenses, Nikolai and other T-34s proceed to the German airstrip to destroy the remaining German planes and troop transports planes heading towards Stalingrad. Once the airfield has been destroyed they meet up with more Soviets to assault the command center. After breaking in, Nikolai and his men find official German intelligence documents and hurry to deliver the information to their superiors.
Then the British campaign starts as a PPA Commando named Edward Carlyle fights in a night-time raid in North Africa to destroy a German fuel depot, a Communications outlet, and a generator powering the German base. The team is led by Sgt. Bob Starkey. After the fuel depot is finally destroyed Sergeant Starkey and Carlyle take part in a fortress assault that could break the German chokehold on North African territory. The British soldiers have to take take a dangerous jeep journey while Carlyle mans the machine gun. After evading their German pursuers the duo is thrown from their jeep and into the fortress raid by an explosion. Carlyle and Starkey split up in an effort to break the German's defenses and rescue the objective Sgt. James Dehart. They rescue Sergeant Dehart, who tells Carlyle that the Cartographer (a mapmaker) is being held prisoner in an underground tunnel. After rescuing the Cartographer they meet up with Starkey and escape through the tunnels.
The American missions the player's control Chuck Walker, who has been fighting in the Big Red One 1st Infantry Division through North Africa, Sicily, and the beaches of Normandy. The first four missions concentrate on the capture of Aachen following Sergeant Walker, Corporal Benny Church, their men, and the tank column they are escorting after the failure of Operation Market Garden. After successfully capturing the antique village Sergeant Walker and Corporal Church are promoted up the ranks.
After the capture of Aachen the story focuses on tank commander Sgt. Sam Rivers who is tasked to support the 87th Infantry and Capture the road through Tillet that the Germans are using to supply their assault on Bastogne. After successfully capturing the village and destroying German supply lines, the player again returns to the promoted Lieutenant Walker. Now Walker's new mission is to infiltrate the German town of Remagen and scout the status of a bridge over the Rhine that could allow soldiers and tanks plow right into Germany. Soon Lt.Walker links up up with Sgt. Rivers and his column. Walker and his men protect River's tanks and escort them through dense German defense to the bridge. After reaching the bridge a huge hole that had been detonated in the ground prevents the tanks from moving on which means Walker and his squad must capture the bridge alone before the desperate German soldiers demolish it. After crossing the misty bridge and fighting his way up the guard towers, Walker mans an anti-aircraft gun on atop one of the towers to fend off attacking Stuka planes. The triumphant Americans hang the America flag over the Nazi flag and wave the tank column into Germany.
The game ends here.
Call of Duty: Finest Hour's multiplayer is available on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox for online play and system connect only, leaving out local splitscreen. The GameCube has no multiplayer. Call of Duty: Finest Hour system link is able to have up to 32 players as well with 16 players per session. For a list of all available game modes, see Game Modes.
Although the Xbox service is no longer available due to the offline Xbox Live servers, the PlayStation 2 servers are still online as of early-to-mid-2013, and still has a few active matches being played at any one time.
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- The entire Russian campaign has overtones from the 2001 movie Enemy at the Gates, including scenes such as the boat landing, machine-gun charge, and defense of a tractor factory. Some characters, such as Tanya Pavelovna, even share their name with movie characters.
- Call of Duty: Finest Hour is known for being full of Easter eggs and secrets like the Kaiser Bear and the German dance party secrets put in by the developers.
- It's also notable for having playable characters that are both seen and heard, unlike most of the other Call of Duty games (though they are not heard while being controlled).
- Its cover probably inspired the Call of Duty 3 cover due to their similarities.
- It was the first Call of Duty game to ever be on a console. (PS2, GameCube and Xbox).
- Tanya Pavelovna is the first female playable character in Call of Duty.
- This is the only Call of Duty game made by Spark Unlimited. This is why. Several lawsuits from Activision and EA alike caused them to void their contract and only produce one game, even though they signed to make three.
- It is the first game to feature a hit marker in campaign. However, it is different from other games, it is red and bigger than the thinner white hit marker from the post-Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare games.
- It features the lead singer of AC/DC, Brian Johnson, in one of the main roles. He said he based his character's voice on his father, a sergeant-major.
- The game was originally going to have a sequel, Call of Duty: Combined Forces, but the idea was rejected by Activision after Spark Unlimited spent eight million dollars to make Finest Hour but was only given a budget of two million dollars.
- It was the first Call of Duty game to feature the M3 Grease Gun.
- There are no pistols in this game, except for the one used by a Soviet Commissioner to shoot deserters on the Volga.
- Finest Hour, Black Ops II and Ghosts are the only Call of Duty games to have crawling animations.
- This is the only Call of Duty game to have the enemy or allies disappeared upon death same from Call of Duty: Roads to Victory and the only Call of Duty game where the there is not green and red dot on the compass.
- This is the only Call of Duty game where the player can not only heal themselves but their squadmate too.